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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dearest one," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk box" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 05:25:51 -0430
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed
From Miss Jovita Lansana Conte
I am Writing this mail with painful heart,I am
Miss Jovita Lansana Conte from Republic of Guinea Conakry, presently here
in Ivory Coast. I lost my father couple of weeks. My late father was a
President serving until his death in my hometown Guinea
Conakry. He died in the hospital after a brief illness when he came back
from his business trip on September 2008.Before his death he deposited in a
metal box containing the sum of ($5.5M) Five million five hundred thousand
USD in a private security company which was meant for the importation of
cocoa processing machine abroad.
Note:, According to my late
father the money is sealed in a trunk box and he did not disclose to the
security company the real content of the box to avoid eyebrows on the box
for the safety of the consignment. He declared to the security company that
the box belongs to his foreign partner and it is containing Africa
artworks. I want you to do me a favor to help me retrieve this box out of
the security company's custody in your name as the foreign partner and
invest this fund in a benefit able investment in your country for the
future of my life.
Please if you are willing to assist me,
indicate your interest in sending to me the following
Your full name and address
Your country of Origin
I will be pleased to offer to you 20% Of the total fund
for your kind assistance.
Thanks and God bless